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BC-AP Sports Digest

May 22, 2019

The highlights of Wednesday’s AP Sports report. An up-to-the minute listing of all stories planned, including games and events, is available in Coverage Plan on AP Newsroom, http://newsroom.ap.org/coverageplan . You can also find a link to Coverage Plan on the left navigation of the Newsroom home page, http://newsroom.ap.org . For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at apcustomersupport@ap.org or 877-836-9477.

The supervisor is Rebecca Miller, followed by Jay Cohen at 5 p.m. and Bob Lentz at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635.

Moe Berg was a big league catcher who became a big time spy during World War II. Filmmaker Aviva Kempner tells his story in a new documentary, and tells PodcastOne Sports Now that he was a mysterious character throughout his life. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/ap-sports-weekly-podcast

Coming off a surprising appearance in the Big Ten title game, Northwestern and coach Pat Fitzgerald replace a four-year starting quarterback with former five-star recruit this season. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Fitzgerald plays it coy with the Wildcats’ quarterback competition, but tackles college football’s transfer issues and talks about why the NFL couldn’t pull him away from his alma mater. Listen at podcastonesports.com, the podcastone app and apple podcasts. https://www.podcastone.com/AP-Top-25-College-Football-Podcast



The Bruins and Blues will meet in the Stanley Cup Final, a rematch of the 1970 series that ended with Bobby Orr’s famous goal and leaping celebration. Boston has been in the final three times in the past nine seasons, but this is St. Louis’ first trip in 49 years. Unlike that series, this one is expected to be much more evenly matched. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 640 words, photos. With HKN--BRUINS-JOINING THE PARADE. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.


MILWAUKEE _ The Bucks return to Milwaukee, every bit of momentum gone in two losses to Toronto that have left the East final knotted at 2-2. Among the disquieting signs for the Bucks: The Game 4 blowout loss came without much from Raptors star Kawhi Leonard. By Keith Jenkins. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


NASCAR has bought International Speedway Corp., the owner of iconic tracks including Daytona and Talladega, in a $2 billion deal that could be the first move in streamlining the struggling stock car series. By Mark Long. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 6 p.m.


FRISCO, Texas _ Jason Witten is back with the Dallas Cowboys for the start of offseason practices after a year in retirement as a broadcaster. The tight end who leads the storied franchise in yards receiving and catches is about to set another club record with his 16th season. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m. With coverage of organized team activities of other select teams.


NAIROBI, Kenya _ Another Olympic medalist has criticized the IAAF’s testosterone regulations and said she will refuse to take hormone-reducing medication. Margaret Wambui of Kenya, who won bronze in the 800 meters behind Caster Semenya at the 2016 Olympics, said she is affected by the new rules but won’t take “any type of medication” to lower her natural testosterone. By Mutwiri Mutuota and Gerald Imray. SENT: 670 words, photos.



All these years later, men’s tennis is still all about the Big 3 as the sport heads to the French Open on May 26. Roger Federer returns to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015. Rafael Nadal seeks a record-extending _ and hard-to-fathom _ 12th title in Paris. Novak Djokovic bids to claim a fourth Grand Slam trophy in a row for the second time in his career, something neither of his two great rivals ever did even once. How much longer can this terrific trio continue to thrive? By Howard Fendrich and Andrew Dampf. SENT: 840 words, photos. With men’s and women’s capsules, glance. All sent.



KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. _ NFL owners have given the competition committee the go-ahead to decide whether to refine the new rule allowing replay challenges involving pass interference. The proposed tweak would take the decision on whether to review in the final two minutes of each half out of the hands of officials. Reviews in the final two minutes would instead require a coach’s challenge. By Steven Wine. SENT: 600 words, photos.


NEW YORK _ Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom starts for the Mets and Max Scherzer, the 2016 and ’17 Cy Young winner, is on the mound for the Washington Nationals in a rematch of the season opener, won 2-0 by New York. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


INDIANAPOLIS _ Sage Karam spent a whole year preparing for the Indianapolis 500. So when he failed to make the field Saturday, the 24-year-old feared all that work might go for naught. It’s the pressure a one-off driver faces in the IndyCar Series. By Michael Marot. UCPOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.


LAUSANNE, Switzerland _ Dealing a blow to Olympic boxing officials after months of investigations, the IOC has set up a vote next month on removing the sport’s governing body AIBA from organizing bouts at the 2020 Tokyo Games. However, the IOC intends to keep boxing’s 13 medal events on the Tokyo program. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 740 words, photos.


Wednesday Time Schedule (EDT)


Oakland at Cleveland, 1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.

Kansas City at St. Louis, 1:15 p.m., 1st game

Seattle at Texas, 2:05 p.m.

Arizona at San Diego, 3:40 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Washington at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m.

Boston at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.

L.A. Dodgers at Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m.

Miami at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.

Kansas City at St. Louis, 7:45 p.m., 2nd game

Philadelphia at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m.

Chicago White Sox at Houston, 8:10 p.m.

Minnesota at L.A. Angels, 9:07 p.m.

Atlanta at San Francisco, 9:45 p.m.


Vancouver at New York, 8 p.m.

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